How to remove some old tile

Q: I am trying to figure out how to remove some old tile that has plywood underneath. My house was built in the 1900’s and I guess later the owners wanted to update the kitchen with that awful red, tile looking brick. We discovered in a corner that there is the mortar or whatever is under the tile, and then a thick layer of plywood.

What would be the easiest and safest way of removing old tile floor without damaging the hardwood floor?

A: These tiles likely contain asbestos. I think I would either cover over it or hire a firm that specializes in asbestos removal.

Removing mosaic ceramic tile

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I have mosaic ceramic tile on my floor. I am now planning to install hardwood flooring. What is the best tools for taking up ceramic tile? How do I get rid of the adhesive? Also, the tile, if I remember correctly, is attached to a netting of some kind.

A: There is a tile remover you can rent that has a blade on the front. You could try that. Or a large wrecking bar and hammer. You don’t say what surface it is installed on. If unable to remove the adhesive, perhaps you could screw 3/8 sheeting over it.

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